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3,666 Ratings

Black Hawk Down

Directed by Ridley Scott
United States, 2001
War, Drama, Action


In 1993, U.S. Special Forces sent to Somalia to bring down a dangerous faction leader find themselves in the middle of an explosive firefight and must struggle to survive.

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Black Hawk Down Directed by Ridley Scott

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | 2 wins including: Best Film Editing

2002 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

American Film Institute Awards

2002 | 5 nominations including: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2001 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

2002 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Something is lost in emotional power with a collective, almost abstract hero with whom one cannot make eye contact in the way one does with single-hero narratives. When all the faces of “our guys” tend to blur together, the viewer tends to become more of a voyeur gazing at the sheer horror of war.
December 18, 2001
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By plunging the audience directly into the conflict and refusing to offer a big picture, he’s left himself open to charges of sensationalism, but Black Hawk Down is ultimately too punishing an experience to be mistaken for something from the House of Bruckheimer. However, it’s also too punishing an experience to be strictly enjoyable, and the emphasis on tactical nuts and bolts makes the whole project seem strangely pointless.
December 01, 2001
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